Carelessness Can Cost You
Avoid identity theft by shredding receipts.
- Shred all credit offers, receipts, insurance forms, financial statements.
- Check financial statements monthly for discrepancies.
- Don’t print your Social Security number on your checks.
- Be hesitant about giving personal or financial info over the phone.
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Online Banking Security
Lock down your info. Think Area 51.
To identify a fake email, look for these tell-tale signs:
- A fishy email address that’s overly long, has grammar and spelling mistakes.
- A suspicious link to your account: Never click on a link in an email.
- Your gut reaction: If it sounds too good to be true—it probably is.
- A generic salutation: Does the email begin with “Dear Customer”?
Be alert when using ATMs
Here’s some how to tips:
- Lock your car and keep all windows up except the one you’re using.
- Be alert for anything suspicious, especially if using an ATM after dark.
- Don’t write your code on your card.
- Report all ATM crimes to the local Police by calling 911.
Guard yourself against Identity Theft
With the rise of e-crimes, it’s important to take steps to guard yourself against identity theft. From browsing tips to programs available and warning signs, we’ve compiled a list of steps to take that successfully decrease your chances of falling victim to a scammer.